Geospatial Formats

Mathematica can import common terrain elevation files and render them as topographic maps. It can also import geospatial information formats that combine layers of raster, vector, and textual information.


Digital Elevation Formats

"ArcGRID" ESRI topographic data format

"USGSDEM" USGS ASCII DEM digital elevation file (.dem)

"GTOPO30" USGS global topographic data (.dem)

"CDED" Canadian digital elevation data (.dem)

"SDTSDEM" SDTS digital elevation files

"SurferGrid" Surfer geospatial format (.grd)

Geospatial Raster Formats

"GeoTIFF" annotated TIFF raster files (.tif)

Cartographic Formats

"SDTS" SDTS DLG spatial data transfer standard

"SHP" ESRI shape file format (.shp)

"TIGER" U.S. Census Bureau TIGER/Line format

"KML" Google Earth geographic data format (.kml, .kmz)

"GPX" GPX global positioning data format (.gpx)

Satellite Orbit Data

"SP3" geospatial data format (.sp3)

"TLE" TLE geospatial data format (.tle, .tce)

Common Elements

array of elevation samples

topographic data rendered as a ReliefPlot

rules for all elements

all available elements

New to Mathematica? Find your learning path »
Have a question? Ask support »